The account of Moses' early life reminds us that even when everything seems to be going against us, God is aligning circumstances in our life to accomplish a greater purpose that is beyond our vision. From protecting him as an infant, allowing him to be discovered and raised by Pharaoh's sister, to sending him fleeing into the desert, God used various circumstances to prepare Moses for his eventual mission.
We walk through life not knowing which circumstances God may use, which friendships will provide opportunities to grow in our faith, or which jobs will provide training that later is invaluable. I know at times I labor in prayer over decisions, seeking God's will as if it is something He has hidden away and I must complete some Indiana-Jones-style quest to find.
But His will is close at hand; it's in His Word. And accomplishing His purpose for our lives is (thankfully) not dependent on us deciphering perfectly what choice to make. Instead, as we do the best we can and seek God through His Word, prayer, and fellowship with other believers, God uses both our good choices and our bad ones.
Clearly, Moses taking a life, even in defense of a brother, isn't intended as an example for us to follow, yet God still used the consequences (his flight to the desert) to develop Moses' character and faith. I've heard the example that our life is like a tapestry, the one side filled with knots and threads, a mess to look at, but the other side - the side God sees - a beautiful work of art.
We're the ones tying the knots and making the mess, yet God is able to use the messes we make regardless. This week let's step boldly, knowing that as we seek to follow God, read His Word, and pray for guidance, He will be leading our steps.